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Culture Beat / November 21, 2017

Ironic Hypocrisy: Kneel for America, Stand for Mexico

Marshawn Lynch brings the inane national anthem protests to a whole new level of absurd.

This past Sunday, the NFL’s Oakland Raiders were in Mexico City playing against the New England Patriots. During the pregame ceremony, President Donald Trump spotted what has become an all too familiar sight — but with a twist. Trump tweeted, “Marshawn Lynch of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders stands for the Mexican Anthem and sits down to boos for our National Anthem. Great disrespect! Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season. Attendance and ratings way down.”

Lynch has always been a disrespectful and unruly character. Presumably because of his pathetically negative attitude about having to give press interviews, he has never stated publicly why he has long practiced not standing for the national anthem. So from the standpoint of his disrespecting the national anthem, little has changed. However, the fact that Lynch actually stood for the Mexican anthem speaks volumes. It’s ironic that Lynch would choose to show honor for a country whose people are regularly seeking to come to the U.S., often because of Mexico’s long-running problems with violence and lawlessness, while he shows contempt for the nation with the greatest legacy of defending and promoting Liberty the world has ever known. Talk about ignorance.

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